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|Marcelo Bonevardi (b. 1929 / d. 1994)|
Marcelo Bonevardi was born May 13, 1929 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1935, his family moved to Cordoba, Argentina.
Bonevardi studied architecture at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba beginning in 1948. Along with his mother, he traveled to Italy in 1951 to Italy for a year painting and visiting galleries and museums. While traveling, Bonevardi decided to leave architecture and focus solely on painting.
In 1956 he was named Adjunct professor at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. However, three years later he moved with his family to New York. However, it wasn’t until 1980 that he became a US citizen. In New York City, Bonevardi spent most of his career absorbing practices of avant-guard and was influenced by abstraction and primitiivism. He is best known for his shaped canvases, which combine elements of painting and sculpture, reflecting his early training and interest in architecture.
1950 4th prize - Cuarto Salón de Artes Plásticas. Córdoba, Argentina
1951 Honorable Mention - Quinto Salón de Artes Plásticas. Córdoba, Argentina
3rd prize - Sexto Salón de Artes Plásticas. Córdoba, Argentina
Acquisition Prize - Séptimo Salón Municipal de Artes Plásticas – Villa María, Argentina
1953 2nd prize - Séptimo Salón de Artes Plásticas. Córdoba, Argentina
1956 1st Prize – XXXIII Salón Anual de Bellas Artes - Santa Fé, Argentina
2nd Prize – Salón de Artes Plásticas “Centenario de San Justo”. Buenos Aires, Argentina
1957 Prize – Comición Provincial de Cultura. Tucumán, Argentina
Awarded Gran Premio Anual - Museo Municipal “Dr. Genaro Pérez”. Córdoba, Argentina
Awarded Gran Premio de Honor - J. Pellanda. Córdoba, Argentina
First Prize Salón Ministerio de Obras Públicas. Córdoba, Argentina
Acquisition Prize – XXXVI Salón Anual de Rosario. Rosario, Argentina
1958 Awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship
1959 Awarded a second John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship
1960 2nd Prize II Anual Interamericano de Pintura. Barranquilla, Colombia
1963 Awarded fellowship from the New School for Social Research, New York, NY
1964 Awarded a second fellowship from the New School for Social Research, New York, NY
1969 Receives International Prize at the X Bienal de São Paulo. São Paulo, Brazil
1973 First Prize Ten Argentine Artists at the United Nations.
1979 Designated juror of Latin-American Art for the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship
1987 Awarded Premio Rosario - Rosario, Argentina
1992 Receives Platinum prize from the Konex Foundation
In 1964, Bonevardi established a permanent studio in the West Village of New York city. Unfortunately it was severely damaged by a fire in 1990 and in 1991 he moved back to Cordoba, Argentina. It was here, Bonevardi died on Feburary 1, 1992.
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